Everyone knows that enjoyment, lust, love and beauty are as easily found in Rome as a good supplí, which is why this year’s 5th International Rome Film Festival aims to celebrate not only cinematographic masterpieces but also Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, and Rome’s eternal presence.
October 28 kick starts the eight-day fest of contemporary cinema and silver screen’s immortal icons. This year, the Festival is a tribute to 50th anniversary to La Dolce Vita which established Rome as the archetypal city. On October 30, director Martin Scorsese will present a screening digitally restored film, and throughout the festival, more than one dozen Rome-themed films will be shown at the festival’s varied screening rooms. Across the city, museums show off la dolce vita with exhibitions including MACRO Testaccio’s Labirinto Fellini, and Mercati di Traiano’s La Dolce Vita: Stars and Celebrities in the ’50s and ’60s, with opening celebration at MAXXI.
Most screenings take place the Parco della Musica (Auditorium), the large music complex designed by Renzo Piano, whose gorgeous red carpet is a not-to-be-missed floral installation designed by Japanese artist Shogo Kariyazaki. Program list includes the very anticipated Last Night, Les Petits Mouchoirs, Carlos, Rabbit Hole, Animal Kingdom, Bhutto and Le Cose che Restano, among many others. Sneak peaks include Tron Legacy and Dylan Dog. If in need of a celluloid fix, tickets to individual screenings are available on line and at the Auditorium’s box office.
Rome International Film Festival, Parco della Musica, October 28 through November 5.